On Friday, November 17, 2023, the Supreme Court of Ohio accepted the resignation of Attorney Donald A. Cox, who had applied to retire or resign while disciplinary action was pending against him.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Donald A. Cox,” with case no. 2023-1358.
In its decision, the state’s high court accepted Cox’s resignation as an attorney effective immediately, concluding he could no longer practice law in Ohio. The order bars Cox from representing clients or offering legal advice going forward.
The resignation stems from an unspecified disciplinary matter first referred by the court on November 14th to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel for review. In its October 25th report filed under seal, disciplinary counsel recommended the court accept Cox’s resignation application, according to the ruling.
As the details of the disciplinary investigation and recommendations remain confidential under seal, the exact nature of the complaints or allegations against Cox could not be determined. However, the court noted that by accepting the resignation as pending disciplinary action, it constituted discipline against Cox’s law license.
Cox most recently maintained a law practice in Pickaway County’s Orient. As part of accepting the resignation, the Supreme Court imposed requirements that Cox notify current clients and return any client files and refund unearned fees. He also must meet the terms and deadlines to wrap up his legal affairs and fully step away from practicing law.
The order strips Cox of all privileges to legally represent clients or act as an attorney in the Buckeye State going forward. His name will additionally be removed from the official roll of Ohio attorneys.
The Disposition states:
“On consideration thereof, it is ordered by the court that pursuant to Gov.Bar R. VI(11)(C), the resignation as an attorney and counselor at law is accepted as a resignation with disciplinary action pending.”
According to LinkedIn, Mr. Cox is the owner of Judicial Alternatives, which provides mediation and arbitration services. He presided as a judge in the Gallia County Common Pleas Court from 1987 until 1993. He acquired his law license in Ohio in 1979.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.